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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

At the Bree Gate ~ Frodo Screencaps....

Posted on 2006.03.06 at 14:08
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The next set of FotR screencaps I made are from the opening of the sequence at Bree.

The hobbits are standing outside the Bree gate, very wretched in the pouring rain. Frodo, as spokesman bangs at the door. The viewer can sense them shivering under their drenched clothes, from nervousness, cold and exhaustion....

The gatekeeper opens to them at last, the light of his lantern thrown over Frodo's face as he makes their case. The gatekeeper is suspicious and keeps them standing.

Frodo obviously shares in the fatigue of his companions, and is fully aware of the hobbity misery at his back. Without losing his dignity, Frodo presses their suit for admittance. He moves from tones of polite request to anxious plea to exasperated demand, all in a few short speeches. Frodo is tired and testy, and the gatekeeper had better look about him -- and open that door.

The last two shots are from the briefest flash of Frodo's face, a reaction shot, after he sees the sign of the Prancing Pony swinging over a door nearby.


Especially in this first series of shots, I was struck by how mature Frodo looked. Perhaps it's just the set of his face, especially around the mouth, when he is having to be adamant and forceful. Scrolling through these, I felt as though I was seeing Frodo's face (and Elijah Wood's) many years hence, not his face when he was setting out. The tension around and in his mouth as he speaks, greatly diminishes the young, dewy look of those lips so many of us have longed to pluck and taste like early-summer fruit.

In fact, had the filmmakers done the book version of the passing of years in FotR (in which Gandalf does not return after Bilbo's Farewell Party for seventeen years, not the year implied by the films), this face of film Frodo would be about perfect. Technically, he doesn't look any older, and neither does book Frodo (since he is in possession of the Ring for those 17 years). But this face seems to bear the marks of years of experience, a face that time has chiselled, even if subtly. It is quite different, to me, from his usual soft-faced look.

Although I have lightened and sharpened these images, they still are rather dark. Viewing them in a darkened room is helpful.

Here is an example of an unretouched screencap from this scene:

~ Frodo demands admittance at the Bree gate, from the theatrical version of FotR, full-screen version:

Here are two frames from the moment when Frodo sees the sign for the Prancing Pony.

Now, there are those dewy, ripe-fruit lips again.



(And what a stunning chin.)

Next Bree entry here.

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


pearlette at 2006-03-06 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I love that 'chiselled', sculptured look.

How black his curls look, plastered glossily against his forehead.

Darn, he looks good wet.

Come in, baby, it's warm by the fire. Let me help you divest you of your cloak. Heavens! We'd getter get those wet things off you FAST. I know just the thing to warm you up ...

mechtild at 2006-03-07 14:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he does look nice thoroughly wetted in these.

But, totally wet did nothing for me (Frodo having been pulled from the water in the Dead Marshes, however amusing the gif was of him emerging with looped hip thrusts).

But, should he show up that drenched, Pearl, I can see you will know what to do to hot him up nicely. ;)
pearlette at 2006-03-07 22:50 (UTC) (Link)
Looped hip thrusts???!!!!

I could cope with that. :D
mechtild at 2006-03-07 23:54 (UTC) (Link)
Do you remember that? Ariel had put it on her LJ. I wasn't on LJ at that time, but I saw it eventually. Gollum dragging him out of the water on his back, Frodo kicking his heels trying to get some purchase. Pelvis up when the heel thrust into the bank, back down when the heels slipped. Over and over. My, my eyes watered.
mariole at 2006-03-06 23:39 (UTC) (Link)
Pearl's right. He looks good wet. And dry. And slightly damp with mist. Etc etc. :-D

I love his expression in the next scene, when they step inside the Pony. *points to icon* His "whew!" is so obvious. I'm never in doubt what Frodo is thinking or feeling, when I watch Elijah's portrayal of him.
mechtild at 2006-03-07 02:53 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the Frodo scenes in Bree. These scenes are treasure troves of high-quality Frodian pulchitrude. I can't wait! (Well, I must, but I won't like it.)

Yes, those shots just after they've entered, looking up and making inquiries to Mr. Butterbur, than all the business at the table, the Ring-strokings with his eyes closed.... Oh! And, worse, the frames that come from the last bit in Bree, when he is sitting on the edge of the bed upstairs, after the Wraiths have ransacked their room, listening to Aragorn deliver his direwarnings.

Oh, be still my heart!

Again, we need to coin some new superlatives. Like the Inuit are supposed to have myriad words for snow, seeing so much of it most of the year, we need more words to describe Frodo's beauty. Then we can gush in better detail when it comes to singing his praises.
mariole at 2006-03-07 03:59 (UTC) (Link)
Like the Inuit are supposed to have myriad words for snow, seeing so much of it most of the year, we need more words to describe Frodo's beauty.

Great idea! After all, we have that face, that skin, the tout ensemble... excuse me, am I drooling?
mechtild at 2006-03-07 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
OK, get to work, start making up some words. Actually, the Harem has already made a good start, but those tend to talk about body parts and certain expressions rather than being descriptives. We need some alternates to "gorgeous," "ravishing," "fantastic," "scrumptious," etc.
taerie at 2006-03-07 05:08 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah.. he looks nice wet. Like he needs rescuing just enough to stimulate my protective instincts pleasantly but not so much that it hurts and makes me feel impotently frantic like when he is so panic stricken in Shelob's Lair.
(I am such a sick little monkey when it comes to Frodo.)
We definitely need a Frodo thesaurus.. you are right about that. (I liked the ripe fruit thing.)
mechtild at 2006-03-07 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, ooh -- how about a, Frosaurus?
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-03-07 09:57 (UTC) (Link)
This is my third try - I hope it works this time.

Those caps are succulent and luscious, meaning - with strong sensual or sexual appeal *swoon*

and toothsome - meaning sexually attractive or exciting. *doubble swoon*
mechtild at 2006-03-07 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
"Succulent," "luscious," "toothsome," yes, yes. Very good, Este.
not_alone at 2006-03-09 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
the young, dewy look of those lips so many of us have longed to pluck and taste like early-summer fruit.

You have a wonderful way with words:D Your screencaps are great and such good quality, really clear. Mine always seem to be slightly fuzzy.

Have to agree about the gorgeous chin, I've always loved the slight cleft (just as described by Tolkien!!). So glad hobbits don't have beards!!
mechtild at 2006-03-09 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the remarks, NA. *smooch*

Have to agree about the gorgeous chin, I've always loved the slight cleft (just as described by Tolkien!!).

Hey, I loved that they got the chin right, too. In fact, they got "apple cheeks" and "bright eye," too. He's not "taller than some," though. He seemed medium-to-shorter than some. (Taller than Ian Holm, though, which was a lovely touch in the Party Tent scene on the EE. "Frodo's all grown up!")

And he's not, "fairer than most." They failed there, too. He's fairer than everyone on the planet! :D
pearlette at 2006-03-09 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
He's fairer than Arwen! Than Luthien! Than Galadriel! Than Idril! Than the whole host of the Vanyar together! Than the stars of Elbereth!

Getting a bit carried away there. :D

*dreamy smile*
mechtild at 2006-03-10 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, "fairer than the stars of Elbereth." I like that, I do!
julchen11 at 2006-03-14 18:54 (UTC) (Link)
It's ALL said above. He is adorable, beautiful, gorgeous ...Amen!
Thank you Mechtild for this wonderful screencaps (((hugs)))
mechtild at 2006-03-14 23:28 (UTC) (Link)
It is my pleasure to make and post and talk about them, Julchen. I have not seen your posts here before. If you don't know, I keep a table of contents to the links for all the screencap posts, posted under "Links" on the main entry page (left-hand column).

Again, thanks for commenting.
julchen11 at 2006-03-14 23:30 (UTC) (Link)
THANK YOU !!! I didn't know ... *sighs happily and must have a peek*
mechtild at 2006-03-14 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome!
julchen11 at 2006-03-14 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you my dear! That makes me glad ...
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